Why does Tolstoy spend so much time discussing the field and the thistle? What connections does this moment share with the main plot?
Tolstoy has a lot of descriptions about the figures, especially their eyes. Why do you think he focuses so much on eyes, and what do some of the descriptions of eyes say about the figures?
Why is Tolstoy so drawn to the figure of Hadji Murat?
On the bottom of page 26 and following on page 27 Poltoratsky meets Murat, what is significant about this moment? What stands out to you?
Is Murat a tragic hero or just a tragic figure? Why?
Tolstoy used the memoir of Vladimir Alexeevich Poltoratsky when writing this novella, with this in mind how does Tolstoy write the commander?
Although based on true figures and events, the amount of suspense makes the novella seem completely fantastical. How does Tolstoy build suspense and what parts of the story stand out as particularly suspenseful?